WKM: Orgrimmar’s Oldest Secret

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A video guide for this exploration can be found at entry #3 in Episode 1 of Five Minute Explorations, which is shown above.

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Pay no attention to this very unassuming rock.

Hidden deep within The Valley of Wisdom in Orgrimmar is a mystery as old as Azeroth itself.

As one of the oldest secrets in World of Warcraft, you may already be familiar with the candlelit nameplate that reads WKM. Nestled inside one of the stone pillars overlooking The Drag, this famous exploration has been hiding in plain sight over the bustling city of Orgrimmar since Vanilla. And while it was once an infamously difficult place to visit, the addition of flying has made it relatively simple. Using the method detailed in the video above, any explorer with a flying mount and quick reflexes is now free to visit the mysterious plaque for themselves.

A huge amount of respect to the explorers who managed to get up there before flying was added.

After you’ve clipped inside the rock outcropping, you’ll find themselves in a small room with a stone passageway above you. Flying up it will lead you into the secret room which holds a piece of exploration history.

Not exactly the coziest place…

Once inside the area is relatively unassuming. A simple stone room decorated with only a candle and a metal plaque reading WKM, this might normally have been dismissed as a scrapped part of the city. However, it’s the mysterious nature of the three letters that’s caused the room to grow to such levels of exploration infamy over the years.

Despite years of speculation, no one is sure what the letters WKM stand for. 

Added by the dev team during Vanilla, some suspect the letters are a tribute to the late Michel Koiter. A Blizzard artist who passed during the development of Vanilla WoW and who has several other tributes hidden throughout the game. However, this theory doesn’t explain what the letters stand for, and tickets filed with game masters have revealed that even many employees who work at Blizzard today are unsure of the acronyms true meaning.

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With even the current employees at Blizzard lacking answers, and the time since the creation of WoW growing ever further away, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever learn the true meaning of what WKM stands for. But answer or no answer, the mystery surrounding these three letters makes them more than enough of a landmark to stop by Orgrimmar to see for yourself.

So whether you’re an avid explorer, or hoping to solve the 15-year-old mystery, the WKM Plaque above Orgrimmar is well worth the visit.

 

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